Yacht crew houses and accommodation in Palma de Mallorca
Written by Sarah Rowland
Last updated: 10/01/2018
As one of the world’s favourite yachting destinations, Mallorca has a selection of temporary accommodation options available for relocating yachties seeking work aboard the island's visiting superyachts. Of these, Palma de Mallorca is the most densely populated, due to its popularity with visiting yachts, and reputation as a first-tier Mediterranean ‘hiring port’.
Though Palma may offer somewhat fewer known ‘crew houses’ than other popular hiring ports such as Antibes and Fort Lauderdale, it still offers many short to longer-term crew housing and accommodation options – for those that have planned ahead at least!
Securing crew housing and accommodation in Palma de Mallorca
As with many of the world’s crew houses, yachties will often need to book well in advance of the yachting season to stand a chance of securing a bed in these dedicated crew facilities. Crew hopefuls typically hit the ground to search for jobs in Palma in April and May.
Palma’s crew houses usually offer Wi-Fi, computers and printers, as well as laundry facilities, and a team of helpful and knowledgeable staff; such accommodation becomes a support and networking hub to help crew in their bid to get on board.
Such accommodation can be found online, on websites such as yachtingpages.com, as well as on-the-ground in local newspapers and on notice boards in the city’s crew hangouts. If all else fails, it's an idea for crew to 'buddy up' with other jobseekers for booking flexibility, opening up larger rooms and apartments.
For those who are not successful in securing a space in a crew house, there are of course plenty of public hotels and rental options outside of the industry, with apartments, houses, hostels and hotels around the city/island. These are however typically more expensive and less social places for single travellers to stay. Read our guide to crew accommodation in the superyacht industry for more information on your accommodation options.
Where do yacht crew stay in Mallorca?
As a tourist hotspot, Palma de Mallorca is in no short supply of housing options. Crew accommodation in a desirable location such as Palma can be quite expensive, and much like Antibes, you can expect to pay an absolute minimum of €20 to €25 per night for the most basic lodging. Options include crew houses, rental accommodation and hotels and hostels.
Caimari Crew Accommodation recommends the best locations to stay in Palma as Santa Catalina, La Lonja and Old Town.
1. Crew houses
Crew Guest House Palma
Crew Guest House Palma is a large house dedicated to yacht crew. Set just 15 minutes’ walk to the marina, STP shipyard and yacht club, it describes itself as “a large, sunny house on house-share basis”, with single and double rooms offered on a long or short-term basis.
Facilities include a kitchen, bathroom(s), dining room, communal sitting room, garden and swimming pool with BBQ and storage facilities. There is also satellite TV and DVD in bedrooms, and Wi-Fi is available throughout, with the main computer offered for use if needed.
2. Rental houses and apartments
Crew Accommodation Palma is known in the industry as a great place to secure crew accommodation. It rents houses and apartments across the city, from one-bed flats to eight-bedroom houses. Its staff are extremely helpful and will advise on what may be best suited for you, depending on the expected length of your stay and weekly budget.
Opened in 2003, The Boat House quickly became a popular place for yacht crew to stay. It’s a traditional apartment located in the old town of Palma and has been recently renovated. Each room is safe and lockable, and it’s described as a social, ‘vibey’ setting with no time limits to your stay. It also posts the CV’s of its current residents on its website for additional exposure.
Other rental options include Sally Lefevre.
3. Guest houses, hostels and hotels
Hostel Apuntadores is a general hostel open to the public, but it can still offer advantages for yacht crew. Located centrally, close by to the marina, crew agents and shipyards, the hostel does attract yacht crew and offers laundry services, Wi-Fi, internet café, breakfast and English-speaking staff. Though the accommodation is very basic, the hostel is reportedly clean and friendly.
Hotel Colon is a budget hotel well located for yacht crew looking for jobs. Just north of the centre, it’s only a five-minute walk from the central bus and train stations and not too far from the marina, shipyard and crew agencies. It offers basic facilities including fresh linen and towels, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a lounge area, private bathrooms and a 24-hour manned reception.